Last updated January, 2021
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NimbeLink is an IoT innovation company focused on creating cellular-based products and solutions, like embedded modems, asset tracking and development kits.

Novotech distributes industry-leading lines of NimbeLink Skywire Products.

Technology

NimbeLink Asset Tracking Solutions are customized edge-to-enterprise solutions that allow you quickly track, protect and optimize your assets.

NimbeLink’s extensive family of patented Skywire cellular embedded modems offer the latest 4G LTE technologies, including LTE-M, NB-IoT, and LTE CAT4. All Skywire products are built on the same small form factor and are pin-compatible, allowing you to future proof your product with the latest cellular technologies.

Use this comparison chart to choose the right Skywire® embedded modem for your IoT Project.

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3G LTE-M/NB-IoT LTE-M/NB-IoT LTE-M/NB-IoT LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4
NL-SW-HSPA NL-SWN-LTE-NRF9160 NL-SW-LTE-QBG96 NL-SW-LTE-QBG95 NL-SW-LTE-S7648 NL-SW-LTE-S7618RD NL-SW-LTE-GELS3 NL-SW-LTE-SRC7611-1 NL-SW-LTE-S7588 NL-SW-LTE-TC4EU NL-SW-LTE-TC4APG NL-SW-LTE-TC4NAG NL-SW-LTE-SRC7611-4

Target Region

Region Global Global Global Global North America United States United States North America North America Europe Asia-Pacific North America North America
Compatible Carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, WW 3G Networks AT&T, Orange, Telstra, Telus, T- Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, and more AT&T, Orange, Telstra, Telus, Verizon, Vodafone AT&T, Orange, Telstra, Telus, T- Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, and more AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Telus, T-Mobile Verizon Verizon AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Verizon AT&T, Verizon Orange, Vodafone N/A AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Telus, T- Mobile, Verizon AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Verizon

Cellular Technology

LTE Category NA LTE-M (CAT M1), NB-IoT (NB1, NB2) LTE-M, NB-IoT LTE-M (CAT M1), NB-IoT (NB1, NB2) LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 1 LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4, 3GPP Release 10
Compliant
LTE CAT 4 LTE CAT 4
N/A LTE-FDD: B1[2100], B2[1900] B3 LTE-FDD: B1[2100], B2[1900] B3 LTE-FDD: B1[2100], B2[1900] B3 LTE B2 [1900], B4 [1700], B12 LTE B4 [1700], B13 [700] LTE B4 [1700], B13 [700] FDD B2[1900], B4[1700], B5[850],  LTE: B2 [1900], B4[1700], B5[850],  FDD B1[2100], B3[1800], B7 FDD B1[2100], B3[1800], B5[850], FDD B2[1900], B4[1700], B5[850],  FDD B2[1900], B4[1700], B5[850],
[1800], B4[1700], B5[850], B8 [1800], B4[1700], B5[850], B8 [1800], B4[1700], B5[850], B8 [700] B12[700], B13[700], B14[700], B13[700], B17[700] [2600], B8[900], B20[800] B8[900], B9[1800], B18[850], B19 B12[700], B13[700], B14[700], B12[700], B13[700], B14[700],
[900], B12[700], B13[700],B14 [900], B12[700], B13[700], B18 [900], B12[700], B13[700], B14 B25[1900], B26 [850],B66[1700], [850], B26[850], B28[700] B66[1700], B71[600] B25[1900], B26 [850],B66[1700],
LTE Frequency Bands [700], B17[700], B18[850], B19 [850], B19[850], B20[800], B26 [700], B17[700], B18[850], B19 B71[600] B71[600]
[850], B20[800], B25[1900], B26 [850], B28[700] | LTE-TDD: B39 [850], B20[800], B25[1900], B26
[850], B28[700], B66[1700] [1900] (LTE-M only) [850], B27[850], B28[700], B31
[450], B66[1700], B71[600]
3G Technology Supported UMTS, HSPA+ N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A HSPA+ HSPA+ HSPA+ DC-HSPA+ N/A
WW 3G providers
3G Frequency Band B1[2100], B2[1900], B4[1700], B5 [850], B8[900] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A B2[1900], B5[850] B1 [2100], B8 [900] B1[2100], B5[850], B6[800], B8 [900], B19[800] B2[1900], B4[1700], B5[850] N/A
2G Technology Supported GSM, EDGE, GPRS N/A GSM, EDGE, GPRS GSM, EDGE, GPRS N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A GSM, EDGE N/A N/A N/A
2G Frequency Band GSM850/900, DCS1800, PCS1900  N/A GSM850, EGSM900, DCS1800, GSM850, EGSM900, DCS1800, N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A GSM900, DCS1800 N/A N/A N/A
PCS1900 PCS1900

Data Speeds

Download Rate and Upload Rate Download: HSPA+: 21.0 Mbps | Download Max: LTE-M: 375 Kbps | Download: LTE-M: 375 Kbps | NB- Download Max: LTE-M: 589 Kbps | Download: LTE: 10 Mbps Download: LTE: 10 Mbps Download: LTE: 10 Mbps Download: LTE: 10 Mbps Download: LTE: 150 Mbps | Download: LTE: 150 Mbps | Download: LTE: 150 Mbps | Download: LTE: 150 Mbps | Download: LTE: 150 Mbps
EDGE: 296 Kbps | GPRS: 107 Kbps NB-IoT: 60 Kbps IoT: 32 Kbps | GPRS: 107 Kbps | NB-IoT: 136 Kbps | GPRS: 107 Upload: LTE: 5 Mbps Upload: LTE: 5 Mbps Upload: LTE: 5 Mbps Upload: LTE: 5 Mbps HSPA+: 42.2 Mbps HSPA+: 42.0 Mbps | EDGE: 296 HSPA+: 42.0 Mbps HSPA+: 42.0 Mbps Upload: LTE: 50 Mbps
Upload: HSPA+ 5.76 Mbps | EDGE: Upload Max: LTE-M: 300 Kbps | EDGE: 296 Kbps Kbps | EDGE: 296 Kbps Upload: LTE: 50 Mbps | HSPA+: Kbps Upload: LTE: 50 Mbps | Upload: LTE: 50 Mbps | HSPA+:
236.8 Kbps | GPRS: 85.6 Kbps NB-IoT: 30 Kbps Upload: LTE-M: 375 Kbps | NB- IoT: 70 Kbps | GPRS: 85.6 Kbps | EDGE: 236.8 Kbps Upload Max: LTE-M: 1.2 Mbps | NB-IoT: 150 Kbps | GPRS: 85.6
Kbps | EDGE: 236.8 Kbps
5.7 Mbps Upload: LTE: 50 Mbps | HSPA+:
5.76 Mbps | EDGE: 236.8 Kbps
HSPA+: 5.76 Mbps 5.76 Mbps

Hardware

Form Factor Skywire Interface Skywire Nano Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface Skywire Interface
Dimensions 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 22mm x 15mm x 4mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm 29mm x 33mm x 10.5mm
Weight 8 grams 4 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams 8 grams

Internet Protocols

Network Stack Support Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, NimbeLink provided AT command Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP, Integrated TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP,
HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, SSL/TLS, parser supporting: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP/SFTP, SSL/TLS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP/SFTP, SSL/TLS, FTP, SSL/TLS, IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PPP FTP, SSL/TLS, IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PPP HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, SMTP, FTP, SSL/TLS, SMTP, IPv4/IPv6, FTP, SSL/TLS, IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PPP FTP, SSL/TLS, SMTP, IPv4/IPv6, FTP, SSL/TLS, SMTP, IPv4/IPv6, FTP, SSL/TLS, SMTP, IPv4/IPv6, FTP, SSL/TLS, SMTP, IPv4/IPv6,
IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks IPv4/IPv6, PING, Roadmap for TLS
1.2 and MQTT
IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PING, MQTT, PPP
Stacks
IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PING, MQTT, PPP Stacks Stacks IPv4/IPv6, NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks Stacks NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks NITZ, PING, PPP Stacks
SMS SMS over GPRS SMS supported SMS supported SMS supported SMS over SGs SMS over IMS and SGs SMS over IMS SMS over IMS SMS over IMS and SGs SMS over IMS SMS over IMS SMS over IMS SMS over IMS

Location

GNSS GPS, GLONASS GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou/Compass, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo N/A N/A N/A GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, and N/A N/A GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, and GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, and
Galileo, QZSS QZSS QZSS QZSS QZSS

Power Supply

Supply Voltage 3.5V - 4.3V (3.8V nominal) 3.3V to 5.5V (3.8V nominal) 3.4V to 4.3V (3.8V nominal) 2.5V to 4.8V (3.8V nominal) 3V - 5.5V (3.8V nominal) 3V - 5.5V (3.8V nominal) 3V - 5.5V (3.8V nominal) 3.0V - 5.5V 3V to 5.5V (3.8V nominal) 3.4V - 4.2V (3.8V nominal) 3.4V - 4.2V (3.8V nominal) 1.65V - 5.5V 3.0V - 5.5V
I/O Voltage 1.65V - 5.5V 1.7V - 3.6V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V 1.65V - 5.5V
Current Consumption Average 110 mA | Peak 215 mA | Average TBD mA | Peak TBD mA | Average 130 mA | Peak 900 mA | Average TBD mA | Peak TBD mA | Average 135 mA | Peak 335 mA | Average 177 mA | Peak 300 mA | Average 135 mA | Peak 700 mA | Average N/A | Peak N/A | Idle N/A | Average 66 mA | Peak 229 mA | Average 135 mA | Peak 225 mA | Average TBD mA | Peak TBD mA | Average N/A | Peak N/A | Idle N/A | Average N/A | Peak N/A | Idle N/A |
Idle 19 mA | Sleep N/A Idle TBD mA | Sleep TBD uA | PSM 5uA | eDRX 19uA Idle 19 mA | Sleep 680 uA Idle TBD mA | Sleep TBD uA Idle 35 mA | Sleep 18 mA Idle 54 mA | Sleep 24 mA Idle 48 mA | Sleep 8.6 mA Sleep N/A Idle 14 mA | Sleep 11 mA Idle 40 mA | Sleep N/A Idle TBD mA | Sleep TBD Sleep N/A Sleep N/A

Interfaces

Type UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) Multiple UART, SPI, I2C, GPIO UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant) UART, USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
USB Driver Support OS: Windows 7 | Windows 8 | N/A OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS: Windows 7/8/10, Windows CE OS: Windows XP | Windows Vista OS: Windows XP | Windows Vista OS: Windows XP | Windows Vista OS: Windows 10 | Linux OS: Windows XP | Windows Vista OS: Windows 7 | Windows 8 | OS: Windows 7 | Windows 8 | OS: Windows 7 | Windows 8 | OS: Windows 10 | Linux
Windows 10 | Linux Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 5/6/7, Linux 2.6/3.X/4.1-4.14, | Windows 7 | Windows 8 | | Windows 7 | Windows 8 | | Windows 7 | Windows 8 | Drivers: MBIM | ECM | RIL | WMI | | Windows 7 | Windows 8 | Windows 10 | Linux Windows 10 | Linux Windows 10 | Linux Drivers: MBIM | ECM | RIL | WMI |
Drivers: PPP | NMEA | AT Console 10, Linux Android 4/5/6/7/8 Windows 10 | Linux Windows 10 | Linux Windows 10 | Linux PPP | RmNet | QMI | NMEA | AT Windows 10 | Linux Drivers: MBIM | PPP | RNDIS | ECM Drivers: MBIM | PPP | RNDIS | ECM Drivers: MBIM | PPP | RNDIS | ECM PPP | RmNet | QMI | NMEA | AT
Drivers: PPP | QMI | AT Console Drivers: PPP | QMI | AT Console | RIL Driver Drivers: MBIM | PPP | NCM | ACM | AT Console Drivers: MBIM | PPP | NCM | ACM | AT Console Drivers: PPP | ECM | ACM | AT Console Console Drivers: MBIM | PPP | NCM | ACM | AT Console | QMI | NMEA | AT Console | QMI | NMEA | AT Console | QMI | NMEA | AT Console Console
RF Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity (U.FL) Primary, SISO DL (U.FL) Primary, SISO DL (U.FL) Primary, SISO DL (U.FL) Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity (U.FL) Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity (U.FL) Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and Primary (U.FL), Rx Diversity and
MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL) MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL) MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL) MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL) MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL) MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL) MIMO DL 2x2 (U.FL)
SIM
Type Approvals
Regulatory Certifications
3FF SIM card slot Integrated Verizon SIM, support for Dual MFF2 Verizon and 3FF external SIM sockets                    standard Dual MFF2 Verizon and 3FF standard 3FF SIM card slot 3FF SIM card slot 3FF SIM card slot Integrated Verizon SIM, external 3FF slot 3FF SIM card slot 3FF SIM card slot 3FF SIM card slot Dual MFF2 Verizon and 3FF standard Integrated Verizon SIM, external 3FF slot
GCF, PTCRB, CE/RED, FCC, IC,
Anatel
PTCRB, FCC, IC PTCRB, CE/RED, FCC, IC PTCRB, CE/RED, FCC, IC PTCRB, FCC, IC FCC FCC FCC, IC, PTCRB (In Progress) PTCRB, FCC, IC CE/RED N/A FCC, IC, PTCRB (In Progress) FCC, IC, PTCRB (In Progress)
Carrier Approvals AT&T, Rogers, Telus AT&T, Verizon, and more AT&T, Rogers (In-Progress), Telus, Verizon AT&T, Rogers, Telus, Verizon, and more AT&T, Rogers (In-Progress), Telus Verizon Verizon AT&T (In-Progress), Rogers (In- Progress),
Telus (In-Progress), Verizon (In- Progress)
AT&T, Verizon TBD AT&T (In-Progress), Rogers (In- Progress),
Telus (In-Progress), Verizon
AT&T (In-Progress), Rogers (In- Progress),
Telus (In-Progress), Verizon (In- Progress)
Compliance RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant RoHS compliant

Temperature Range

Industrial Grade -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C

Support and Warranty

1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty 1-year standard warranty